Friday, November 12, 2010

Simple Times (Crafts for Poor People)

Don't let the name of the book fool ya. This is a must have! I smiled through the whole book which is complete with full color photos and 100% wit. Amy, actually hates crafting but that didn't stop her from creating a fantastic read for crafters and non-crafters alike.

Amy has a sense of humor that may be lost on some but as long as you go in knowing she is TRYING TO BE FUNNY, you will love this beautiful book.  Heck, she made a mobile, chime thing for babies using a tuna can!

Simple Times (Crafts for Poor People) by Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello
How Are We Using Our Crafts?
1. Camper decorations
2. Old people presents
3. Chew toy
4. Dust accumulator
5. As evidence that we don’t spend all our time doing absolutely noting
6. Salvaged for parts to make other crafts
Simple Times confronts the hard-hitting craft questions that other books of this genre have refused to even acknowledge: Why should every room look like an attic? What is the quickest way to obtain feathers from a bird? What are the best crafting options for the criminally insane? Why is there a half naked man wearing a short canary robe on page 250? Simple Times does more than answer the tough questions, it also transports us back to a golden time when we wore handmade sweaters, carved our cooking utensils out of bark, and the best people would buy books based on a whim.


America's most delightfully unconventional hostess and the bestselling author of I Like You delivers a new book that will forever change the world of crafting. According to Amy Sedaris, it's often been said that ugly people craft and attractive people have sex. In her new book, SIMPLE TIMES, she sets the record straight. Demonstrating that crafting is one of life's more pleasurable and constructive leisure activities, Sedaris shows that anyone with a couple of hours to kill and access to pipe cleaners can join the elite society of crafters.
You will discover how to make popular crafts, such as: crab-claw roach clips, tinfoil balls, and crepe-paper moccasins, and learn how to: get inspired (Spend time at a Renaissance Fair; Buy fruit, let it get old, and see
what shapes it turns into); remember which kind of glue to use with which material (Tacky with Furry, Gummy with Gritty, Paste with Prickly, and always Gloppy with Sandy); create your own craft room and avoid the most common crafting accidents (sawdust fires, feather asphyxia, pine cone lodged in throat); and cook your own edible crafts, from a Crafty Candle Salad to Sugar Skulls, and many more recipes.

PLUS whole chapters full of more crafting ideas (Pompom Ringworms! Seashell Toilet Seat Covers!) that will inspire you to create your own hastily constructed obscure d'arts; and much, much more!


Haahahaaaaa....I really did love this book and have it in my car so that I can look through it and show it off whenever I have to wait in front of the school for my kids. Hell, my kids make better crafts in first and second grade but no one sells a craft like Amy does.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from Hachette Book Group.

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